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So, my sister-in-law just asked if I wanted to make her wedding dress (um…yes!), so I need some help finding a pattern that’s similar to a high end dress she adores.

The dress is from Samuelle Couture and the dress is Tatiana.


“Corseted bodice with hand dyed silk tulle draping, over satin-faced silk chiffon. Hand dyed vintage lace, beaded and appliqué.”

Here are some more images from brides who have worn this dress.

(all images are from Michelle Leo Events)

What my sister-in-law really loves about the dress is the lace, the wrapped bodice and of course all the flowly silk tulle and chiffon. I would consider myself an intermediate/advanced seamstress, so if I’m in pinch, I’m sure I could figure the whole shape out. But I would love to work with a pattern to save me a bunch of time and frustration. Please let me know if you’ve seen a pattern that;s similar to this shape and if you have any other pointers, I’m open to everything! Thanks!


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    Mar 18, 2016, 07.55 PMby sewingfan1

    Sure is a pretty dress. Have you looked through the wedding dress patterns on this site as I’m sure I’ve seen similar Burda styles that could be easily adapted. This one could work as the base http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/lace-wedding-dress-032016

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    Mar 26, 2016, 04.25 PMby bigpeacock439

    Oh gosh, that surely looks a tad complicated. I hope you find all you need and it is going to be a beautiful day for all of you!

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    Mar 27, 2016, 11.37 AMby redostrich643

    Stunning. I would never be able to make anything like that but I would have loved walking down the aisle in it.

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    Mar 29, 2016, 04.14 PMby blueduck155

    I think that wedding dress should be classic white. This one looks like a dirty. I don’t like it.

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    Mar 30, 2016, 02.08 PMby lincatz

    This is a classic couture style gown and the price reflects the work and skill in making it. The price isn’t listed anywhere but a little bird in a bridal store tells em they start in the tens of thousands of dollars. You can make a similar dress for a fraction of that price. It will be time consuming hand-sewing intense. It will start the way many couture gowns begin. There will be a very rigid boned bodice and a stiff taffeta or satin skirt under and fashion fabric over the foundation. A dress like this will start with a strapless corset style bodice that’s underlined with canvas, heavily boned and laced up the back. The corset is fitted very close to the body and it the main structure from which everything else hangs. There is probably a foundation skirt attached to the lower edge of the corset and quite possibly several layers of soft tulle netting under that. If there is tulle netting then you should add a lining skirt between the netting and the body. Some tulle can be itchy and scratchy. Once the foundation of the corset and skirt are complete the fancy stuff is added after. The corset is the infrastructure and the fashion fabric is merely along for the ride.

    The outer fabric is a fine silk chiffon and netting broomstick pleated and carefully hand tacked to the bodice with hundreds of fine hand stitches. it appears that there might be a couple layers of fabric pleated together at the same time. It will be draped over the foundation while it is on a dress form and carefully pinned in place, The pleats can be draped and arranged however you choose. Once they are pinned in place securely you hand sew the pleads to the foundation bodice with lots of tiny hand stitches. this is often called “tacking” by pros. I can clearly see a line of tack stitching along the top edge of the corset and along the high waistline. In the front I can see a line of tacking under the bust. This contours the pleats over the cups of the corset so the pleats lay smooth and don’t bunch up or buckle.

    The lace is an assortment of vintage guipure motifs. A few look like they are recycled from old dresses, some could be from sources as diverse as table linens and curtains. Sometimes I will get a yard or so of expensive lace and then cut the motifs apart and scatter the motifs across a dress. Some motif-style laces are a very expensive and this makes a little lace go a long way. . The lace is hand tacked last and appears to cover construction details.. The end result look effortless and ethereal -but under the effortless is a whole ton of work.

    Start with a close fitting strapless dress pattern as your base and use bones along seam lines and ensure the fit is snug around the ribcage especially under the bust. The rest of the dress will be supported from this area. Once the foundation dress fits you can pleat and drape and tack fine silk over it to get the look you want. There’s won’t be an exact pattern for the pleats and placement of the lace. This dress requires improvising to get the pleats and lace to lay where you want. It will be a lot of work with plenty of hand sewing. The reward will be a one-of-a-kind wedding dress that will cost much less than buying the couture gown.

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    Mar 30, 2016, 05.13 PMby aliciamarza

    I don’t think I can help a lot, as I am a beginner, but the bodice structure reminds me of the infinity/convertible dress. Of couse, on top of the bodice. But iyou could try to play with two wide, pleated, straps. You can sew them and place an invisible zipper in one side of the gown. I don’t know the name in English (I’m just half american, sorry) but there is a fabric called “bambula” (usually made of silk, which in Spanish would be “bambula de seda”) that already has the pleats. I would say the dress could be easily made out of it (I’ve seen wedding dresses from Spanish Designer Rosa Clará and from Pronovias made out of this fabric).

    Sorry in advance for any spelling mistakes. Good luck with your project and please share it with us (or even do a tutorial) when you are done!!

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    Mar 31, 2016, 08.56 AMby Michael1971

    Wow what an awesome design- I’ve seen similar from caroline jane bridal wear I guess

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    Sep 6, 2016, 06.14 PMby Heather Beaumont

    I just finished my daughter’s wedding dress this week. We used one designer gown (online pictures) and about 4 dress patterns to get the final look.

    As long as the bride is open to the dress not looking EXACTLY like the picture, you should be good.

    The dress is a a labor of love and will be a one of a kind. You can do it!

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